A 52-year-old Manahawkin man was arrested Friday at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station's security checkpoint and charged with drunken driving, police said.
The security officers reported that the driver, Robert J. Verpent of Buccaneer Lane in Manahawkin, and an adult passenger of Spring Street in Red Bank, appeared to be intoxicated, police said.
Around 6 p.m, Officer Julie Barcalow responded to the plant's main gate at 800 Route 9 South in Forked River after getting a report on a suspicious vehicle. The security officers reported that a white van had pulled into the security checkpoint.
The security officers approached the van, and the driver told them that he had made a wrong turn into the facility.
Investigation at the scene led to the arrest of Verpent for driving while intoxicated. Verpent was transported to Lacey Police Headquarters where he was processed for DUI.
He was released after receiving traffic summonses for DUI, reckless driving, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and failure to produce insurance documents.
The vehicle Robert Verpent was operating was impounded pursuant to John’s Law.